Man dies after shootout with St. Petersburg police officers

A man opened fire at police; officers returned fire, killing him.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A man died at a hospital early Wednesday morning after exchanging gunfire with St. Petersburg police officers during a traffic stop.

Timothy Earl Jackson, 33, was killed in the shootout, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. No officers were injured in the shootout.

St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway said investigators are still working to determine how many rounds of ammunition Jackson and officers fired during the shootout in an alleyway near 30th Street and 6th Avenue South.

The officers involved are identified as 10-year veteran Matthew Laliberte and 3-year veteran Andre Sousa, according to a news release.

First responders took Jackson to an area hospital after the shootout around 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, a St. Petersburg police offer saw a white pickup truck stolen in an armed carjacking earlier this week. Holloway said the victim, whose truck was stolen, told police two men blocked him in as he was driving near 20thAvenue South and 48th Street South around 8:45 p.m. Monday. One of the men pointed a semi-automatic gun at the victim before stealing the truck, according to St. Petersburg police.

Police do not know if Jackson was one of the men involved in Monday's carjacking.

"We're not saying the suspect{s} in the carjacking because the victim did not identify the person from the carjacking," Holloway said. "We're just saying Jackson was in the vehicle that was carjacked."

Holloway said the victim could not see the carjacking suspects' faces because they were wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Watch: Click here to watch Wednesday morning's news conference on the shooting in its entirety

The officer tried to make a traffic stop on Wednesday morning before Jackson turned the pickup truck into an alleyway. Two St. Petersburg police cruisers pulled in behind Jackson.

Jackson got out of the truck and fired at one of the cruisers. Two officers returned gunfire back.

Holloway asked for anyone with information to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727)893-7780.

"If you have any video, if you have any information about the shooting, please contact us because we want to make sure we do a thorough report," Holloway said.

Jackson served eight years and nine months in prison for robbery. He was released in August. His criminal record also includes serving four years in prison for three convictions of credit card fraud in 2013.

The investigation is ongoing.

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